A PENARTH church is holding a special concert to mark Armistice Day,

Monday November 11, is Armistice Day, marking 101 years since the end of the First World War.

A range of tributes and commemorations are set to take place across the country on the day immediately following Remembrance Sunday.

Next Monday, at 1pm as part of its Music at Lunchtime programme of concerts, All Saints Church in Penarth will mark the occasion with a recital entitled “Peace and Love”.

The concert will feature well-known composer and pianist Andrew Wilson-Dickson and the church will introduce talented young violinist, Lara Fang.

The concert, following a period of silence, will last around an hour and will include music by Bach, Brahms, Haydn, Mozart, Paganini and Prokoviev.

Violin soloist Lara Fang has a lifelong passion for music and music-making.

She started to learn the violin at the age of five with Ru Yi Li, the former lead violinist of the China National Symphony Orchestra, performing in many concerts as a soloist and as part of various youth orchestras in Shanghai, Nanjing, Yangzhou and Zhuhai.

In January 2016 she received an individual award of ‘Excellent Musician’ from the Musician’s Union of Zhuhai, China and came to the UK.

In 2017, she studied violin at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD) with Lesley Hatfield, the leader of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

In 2018 she was select to perform as a first violinist with the RWCMD string soloists.

Andrew Wilson-Dickson came to Wales in 1984 to teach at the RWCMD, where he became involved in historical performance.

During this time he founded the Welsh Baroque Orchestra and the Welsh Camerata to provide resources in Wales for the performance of a wide repertoire of early music, from Machaut to Bach’s St John Passion.

His chief delight is piano, as soloist and accompanist.

In his youth he was a pupil of Lamar Crowson and John Lill and he has given countless performances and many broadcasts - particularly of music for piano duet and two pianos.

2014 saw the first performance of his full-scale oratorio 'Karuna', provoked by a world sliding into confrontation.

Two years later he composed a completed version of JS Bach's St Mark Passion.

Mr Wilson-Dickson's book 'The Story of Christian Music' (1992) is a product of his involvement for many years in church music.

It has sold worldwide in more than a dozen languages across Europe and the Far East.

Entry to the All Saints Church “Music at Lunchtime” programme of concerts is free with donations gratefully accepted and shared between “All Saints Music” and a charity of the performers choice – Miss Fang has chosen Cancer Research Wales.

The church opens its doors at 12.30pm for refreshments and audience members are invited to bring their lunch.

For more information, phone organiser Dafydd G. Jones on 07941 778 629 or email dafydd.allsaints@gmail.com, or visit: www.allsaintspenarth.org.uk